How to make a Heart Shaped Egg
by Joy Brownlee
Ok. This has got to be one of the coolest things that I have ever done, that I had no idea I could even do. HA! Honestly. There are SO many things in this life that we can try, so many things that we can do, so many possibilities to explore that I find myself saying- “OK, what else can I discover?!” I am FOREVER curious. I suppose that is why I have 2 and almost 3 college degrees- because I cannot stop learning!! I wake up every day and say- “There is a WHOLE bunch of things I do not know- so let’s see how much I can learn about today!” It leads to a lot of (my husband will attest) PROJECTS and EXPERIMENTS. Trials, errors, learning lessons, and some absolutely wonderful DIY Inventions. Well, this is one DIY tutorial I had SO MUCH FUN experimenting with and now I can tell you how EASY it is to do!!
Why did I want to make a Heart Shaped Egg?
Well, my forever curious heart has been researching Bento Boxes! I learned about their origination in Japanese culture including how and why Bento Boxes began. I learned the modern reasons that Bento Boxes are now thriving and how the Bento Box lifestyle is a portable method of healthy eating and personal expression. There is SO much in this world to learn and explore. I read about the beautiful Japanese artistic techniques.
Then I saw Japanese egg molds. What?!
“What are these?!” I exclaimed.
Check this egg out:
When the hard boiled egg is still warm, it is very mold-able, and can easily be adapted to the shape you want. I started reading more about this. The Bento Box history of Japanese culture is so beautiful. I had to try it. I found tons of different shaped molds that are sold online but I wanted to create a DIY Bento Box Heart Shaped Egg. SO, here’s what I did!
I figured, a heart has only 2 real points of contact that need to be shaped. The Point at the Bottom, and the Curve at the Top. Simple. Here’s how I did it, step by step. I’m serious it took about 2 minutes to actually do, once I figured out a good technique. Now, that the experimenting is done (my favorite part actually)- you can make it in your home in a few fast minutes. Perfect for any day you want to put a HUGE and I mean HUGE smile on someone’s face 🙂
- 1 Egg
- 1 Sturdy Glass or Hard Plastic Straw (a small dowel rod, or even a chopstick would work too!)
- Sharp Scissors
- 1 Sturdy Paper Plate
- 1 piece of thin cardboard or cardstock (I used a cereal box that I grabbed off the table;)
- All cooking & cutting should be done by an adult
Step 1: Gather your eggs
Step 2: Hard Boil the eggs per stove / directions (mine took about 15 minutes)
Step 3: Prepare the DIY Mold-ing. I used 1 sturdy paperplate that had a waxy waterproof exterior. Fold sturdy paper plate in half. Make a crisp crease. Cut off the top section so the remaining bottom of the plate is about the height of the egg. Discard the top of the plate.
Step 4: Crack and Peel the egg carefully (by an adult only, while it’s still very warm but safe to handle, and please be careful, so that you don’t burn yourself and then sue me for money that I don’t have, HA! Thanks a bunch 🙂
Step 5: Immediately place the egg into the DIY mold (your creased plate) while the egg is still warm and mold-able. I placed the crease of the plate where the bottom tip of the heart should be, and gently creased the plate again holding the bottom tip of the egg inside. This will mold the bottom tip of the heart. See photo, it’s self explanatory.
Step 6: While holding the plate molding in place around the egg, I then grabbed my glass straw (a hard plastic would work too -but not a soft / bendy plastic). I positioned the hard straw on the top of the heart, dividing it into two curves, as the picture shows. This will mold the top curves of the heart.
TIP: I grabbed a piece of sturdy cardboard, creased it, and placed it around the paper plate for extra support. I secured the straw in place with an elastic band (rubberband would work also). The band has to go over both ends of the straw so it holds downward tension over the egg. I used a clip to create more tension on my elastic, until the mold was securely in place. Then I immediately placed the mold into the refrigerator to harden.
Step 8: When I removed the molding 30 minutes later (I am sure I could have done this sooner, but in between I was chasing kids around!), I simply cut the egg in half, and this is what I got:
Real time it took: Seconds!! I finished making my heart molded egg before my toddlers had even finished peeling their first egg, it was that easy. Just get your supplies ready and crease your plate before the eggs are done boiling.
SO CUTE! And I did not spend any money making it. Perfect. Ideas on how you can use it:
- In your child’s Bento Box
- Serve it at home with special occasion fruit & oatmeal breakfast
- Make a really cute touch to a home delivery meal for a neighbor suffering from a loss or sickness
- Serve it to a special someone with breakfast in bed on Mother’s day or any special day
Do you want to see what I am going to do with it? For that, you will have to stay tuned! More FUN, healthy, and allergy friendly snacks @ ibelieveinjoy.com
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In case you are wondering why I would even do a fun heart shaped egg like this…..Here’s my true story why.
Lots of love,